Former Choral Scholar wins Canadian honour

Gerald Finley

Former Choral Scholar and bass-baritone Gerald Finley (KC 1980) has been appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.

Finley is from Ottawa but studied at King's in the early 1980s before going on to an acclaimed career in opera. He has been appointed the Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his services to music and to his country.

Finley said, "I am extremely honoured to be appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Beginning in Ottawa, I have been very fortunate to make music throughout the world and to encourage younger artists along the way.

"Singing enriches all of us. It is particularly nice to be performing in Canada again in the autumn with the Canadian Opera Company in the title role of Verdi's Falstaff, a wonderful celebration of life and friendship."

He occasionally returns to King's, and sang in the Chapel last October. He also sings on the forthcoming Choir album, a recording of Fauré's Requiem, which is due out in September.

2 July 2014